Members of the 53rd National Legislature on Wednesday turned out in their numbers to pay homage to the Grand Bassa fallen Senator who was laid in state at the Capitol Building for a wake-keeping as part of the burial ceremonies.
The body of the fallen senator was on Wednesday morning taken from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Home and marched through Sinkor and then to the Capitol Building where it was received by members of the Legislature headed by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.
Family members, friends and staffers of the Legislature broke down in tears as the body was rolled in the rotunda of the Capitol Building, with many remembering Senator Whitfield for his steadfastness and level of advocacy shown in the Liberian Senate during his one year period of public service.
Paying tribute on behalf of the Upper House, Gbehzohngar M. Findley, President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, described the Grand Bassa County deceased lawmaker as a political hero who always discussed political issues with no deceit, envy or fear of speaking the truth.
He said the late Senator Whitfield was a man who was dedicated to his job as he never spoke with fear or speed but always listened and made points that were always of interest of the Senate during the one year of his stay at the Capital Building.
Also paying tribute on behalf of the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hence Barchue, said the lost of Senator Whitefield is not just a great lost to the county, but the nation as a whole.
He further described the fallen senator as an astute politician and stressed the need for prayers for members of the 53rd legislature.
The Grand Bassa lawmaker however assured that the caucus of the county will stand by the bereaved family in the time of mourning.
Meanwhile, the body of the fallen senator who served as Secretary General of the National Patriotic Party was taken to the Headquarters of the NPP Wednesday for a night of wake-keeping and then taken to Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County Thursday for another night of wake- keeping to be followed by funeral service and burial today.
During his one year tenure at the Liberian Senate, Senator Whitefield served as Committee Chairman on Internal Affairs and was a member of the Committees on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget Agriculture, Forestry and fisheries ,Defense, Intelligence, Security and veteran Affairs, Maritime, Commerce and Industry, Trade and Transport as well as Executive.